trying to break my 18 month old from the pacifier... any advice?

Kristina - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 18 months old and she only takes her pacifier at nap time and bed time....before that she would take it all day long and i broke her from that...now i just have to break her from having it at night...what are some tips to help make this transition go smoothly?

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Candace - posted on 12/14/2009

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I don't know how to make it go smoothly. LOL. But....I had the same problem. I was able to take it away during the day but at nap time and bed time every time I tried to take it she screamed so bad that I gave in and gave it back. Then when she started crying for it in the middle of the night because it fell out of her mouth and she couldn't find it, I couldn't take it anymore. I wasn't getting much sleep. So I just decided to get rid of every pacifier in our house. I put her down at bed time and she cried of course. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I even cried myself because I knew I would have to wait it out if I wanted her to realize I wasn't giving in. She cried for about 45 minutes the first night I took it. I would go in there about every 20 minutes to make sure she was okay. I would rub her back and tell her it's okay and after about the 2nd or 3rd time I went in there she just quit crying. She slept the entire night! The next night she cried about 20 minutes and then by the 3rd night she was going to sleep without it. Just a little advice. If you decide to take it and let her cry it out, you have to stick to it and also....there will come a day when you know she doesn't need it to sleep anymore and she just won't sleep.... You will want to just give it back but DO NOT INTRODUCE IT TO HER AGAIN! It will pass. And I do have to say, I think she got a better night's sleep after I got rid of it than when she would sleep with one. Good Luck!

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Michele - posted on 04/15/2011

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well i have a 14 month old and i was on here earlyer to see on how to brake him from the binki and people said to snip the nipple of the binki and i did and it works.. to nite was the first nite to do the whole snip the tip to the binki and he wined like 3 times and fell asleep with out it in his mouth... so thank you to the advice everyone...

Michele - posted on 04/15/2011

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well i have a 14 month old and i was on here earlyer to see on how to brake him from the binki and people said to snip the nipple of the binki and i did and it works

Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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Learn about the pacifier fairy- or give them to a friend that is just having a baby. She is old enough to make a decision to let them go...obviously rewards help...like a Build a Bear that she picks and stuffs- maybe even with her favorite binky so she knows it'll always be close...

Christine - posted on 01/01/2010

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We put together our 2 yo's "big boy bed". The night he went into his bed, he did not get his pacifier. We used the big boy bed as a transition. He only cried for about 5 minutes. Now, he goes to bed with a drink of water, and a kiss good night.

Ruth - posted on 12/26/2009

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Hi, I found with my 4 that if you are going to stop it, then do it cold turkey. If you are stopping the night sleep then do the same for the day. My son is nearly 2 and we are stopping him after New Years as he still has a couple of teeth coming. You could try replacing the dummy with a new toy or something else she can take to bed with her.

All the best

Jessie - posted on 12/25/2009

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My sister had a horrible time getting my nephew broke of the pacifier. My sister ended up taking it ant cutting just the tip off at first. Everyday cut a little bit more. She found my nephew didn't want it after awhile and threw it away. I hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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when you figure it out, please let me know! my son is almost 2 1/2 and still takes it at night.

Brandy - posted on 12/17/2009

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Have your daughter throw it away tell her she a big girl now and big girls don't have pacifiers. and when she asked you for it tell her you throw it away honey cause your a big girl now. I hope that helps ! you are going to have a hard times I know I did with my daughter.

Britney - posted on 12/17/2009

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I agree with the first poster... you just have to take every paci out of your house and just let her cry. There is no other way around it honestly... just remember it WILL get better for the both of you in a few nights.

Christy - posted on 12/16/2009

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i was having the same problem with my 16 month old. she only used the binky to sleep but getting her to go to sleep without it was impossible. then she got a cold. the first 2 nights of the cold she tried to sleep with it in but it was so sad to hear and see it because she clearly couldn't breathe correctly with it in. on the 3rd day of her cold, i decided to try not giving it to her. i told her that she wasn't going to be able to have her binky because she just couldn't breathe through her nose, and she was totally okay with it. she was sick for another 3 days and by that point i had decided that i wasn't giving the binky back. i hid them all in a drawer in the kitchen just incase she had a melt down or something but she's never had a problem. the worst thing she did was took out her aggression on a baby doll that had a binky. she yelled at the poor thing, threw it, then ran over and bit the binky it had. other than that though, she's been fine without it lol. so if you can't figure out how to get it away from her on a normal basis just try to phase it out when she gets a stuffy nose.

Katie - posted on 12/15/2009

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point blank working in daycare i see this all of the time, sometimes the transition is rough and sometimes it is easy you never know until u get into it. Start giving her a lovie or stuffed animal of her choosing and keep it with her all of the time. or whenever she is upset, she should transistion to that. but binkie weaning on a child of that age is hard for a certain point of time.

Amy - posted on 12/15/2009

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My kids never wanted a pacifier but my friends kids are hooked on them. She cut the nipple part off and set it on the table. Her son picked it up and tried to figure out what happened to it. After a few tries he put it down. I would keep one just in case but try to stick to your guns. The first couple nights might be a little hectic but they will get used to not having it. It was hard to break mine from the bottle but I just expected it to not go smooth and was prepared to be up several times that night. After a couple nights we had no bottles in the house. I think sometimes the parent's anxiety about it contributes to the problem. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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